About Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is among the most common problems in our population with more than 10% of us suffering from some sort of auditory impairment. As we age, more hearing loss is noted, and about 1 in 1000 newborns are deaf at birth and about 4 in 1000 have some lesser auditory dysfunction. The earlier we can identify hearing loss, the better we can intervene and facilitate access to speech and language acquisition or rehabilitate the adult patient to hear and understand speech more clearly. There are many disorders that can affect the hearing of children and adults. Hearing loss can be categorized into three separate types: sensorineural, conductive, and mixed. Damage to, or a disorder of, the organ of hearing, the cochlea, or the neural pathway from the cochlea to the brain, can cause a sensorineural hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss occurs when sound energy is not conducted properly from the outer ear, to the eardrum, and through the middle ear space. A mixed hearing loss is a combination of a conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. LSUHSC Audiology is prepared to diagnose and treat all types of hearing loss, and provides services from the newborn infant to the elderly patient.
Hearing loss caused by middle or outer ear obstructions has been commonly treated with medicine and/or surgery. But now, many medical and surgical treatments for inner ear problems are available, and the scope of practice for the hearing specialties has expanded greatly. At present, the otolaryngologist and audiologist are the medical specialists most trained to diagnose and treat both medical and non-medical hearing loss. These highly skilled professionals work together to serve their populations at the peak level of efficiency.
Hearing aids have evolved through the years into highly sophisticated devices that, if properly programmed, can compensate for many types of hearing loss. In many cases hearing aids can bring almost normal hearing to the patient in all but the most difficult listening conditions. Today’s hearing aids employ advanced features that can reduce background noise in challenging acoustic environments, allow the wearer to communicate on the telephone, enjoy music, hear the television clearly, among other things. In special cases an instrument called an Assistive Listening Device (ALD) can be used to transmit a speaker’s voice wirelessly over long distances. This can be especially useful for the classroom setting, places of worship, and as an accessory to hearing aids.
LSUHSC Audiology offers cochlear implant services in pre and postoperative assessment, programming and troubleshooting, and in rehabilitation and counseling for all cochlear implant brands.
For more information regarding services, please contact:
LSU Health Sciences Center Audiology Clinic
1900 Gravier Street, 9th Floor
New Orleans, LA. 70112-2262
Phone: (504) 568-4348
Fax: (504) 568-4352